“It’s unfortunate the state of events that happened. It is what it is. It’s unfortunate for DC, I feel really bad for DC. Guys work hard, you go through training camps, put a lot of time in, and that’s the guy who really gets the short end of the stick. It’s really unprofessional of anybody at this caliber to have something like that happen… It’s unfortunate, it’s unprofessional. What else do you want me to say? Merry Christmas to Brock Lesnar.”
-Brock Lesnar reacts to Jon Jones’ UFC 200 removal and his bump up to the main event during a fan Q&A on Thursday.
Penick’s Analysis: The UFC saved themselves here by getting Brock Lesnar on this card. Had they not snagged Lesnar a month ago to make this historic and unexpected return, they’d be headlining their planned “biggest event ever” with Amanda Nunes or the Aldo-Edgar fight, and that would have decimated the pay-per-view buyrate come Saturday night. There’s still hope of doing significant business with a bigger name like Lesnar on top, and for Lesnar he’s now backed into history as the headliner on both UFC 100 and UFC 200. It’s an insane turn of events and another example of this chaotic sport in action.
[Brock Lesnar art by Grant Gould (c) MMATorch.com]
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